All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

—€ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we take pause today to reflect on the profound and inspiring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his national holiday, we wanted to share a video clip of Michael reading selections from Dr. King’s Strength To Love:

Many thanks to Marcela Hellman of Eugene, Oregon, for reminding us of the video.

Read Huffington Post’s list of Dr. King’s quotations…


Also, visit bodedwardsradio.com for Bob Edwards’ illuminating interview with educator Jane Elliott about her now-famous “Blue-Eyes Brown-Eyes” experiment in which she endeavored to help her students understand what discrimination feels like first hand. The project began on April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King was killed.


P.S. Weekend Edition’s Guy Raz spoke with Colin Meloy of the Decemberists this past weekend about his band’s new record The King is Dead on which Peter Buck plays. They discuss, among many other things, the influence of R.E.M. on this particular record. Listen to the conversation here.